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A Blog Post About a Blog Post (Olympic Style)

Olympic Rings in Front of Mountains in Sochi, Russia

Olympic Rings in Front of Mountains in Sochi, Russia

For me the Olympics are a bit like still being able to hear the bell ring at Christmastime in The Polar Express.  Just always has that bit of Magic that can make a heart soar.  Makes you want to Believe. Plus, so many hopes and dreams all in one place.

Except that’s more rare than Christmas. It’s so hard to wait to celebrate with these athletes after months, years, and decades of dedication to their sport. Then there is that elusive ‘any given Sunday’ element. No matter how well prepared, both mentally and physically, anything can happen during the long awaited competition.  The Olympics. What would it really be like?

I just want to share how much my family has been enjoying following the blog of Nordic skier Noah Hoffman, member of the U. S. Ski Team and the U.S. Olympic Team.

noahhoffman.com/

Remarkable. He’s a Nordic skier posting his Sochi experiences for a unique and interesting behind the scenes look.  If you have ever experienced a twinkle of Olympic joy, American pride or a ‘what if’ feeling,  I highly recommend checking out his blog.  I’ve always pictured the team members with coaches and doctors. But who knew you could also make it to the Olympics as a ski wax technician, dietician, or massage therapist?  Makes you ponder that an Olympic moment/goal might be attainable in many ways.  His blog is an excellent supplement to following the Games from home.

How many pairs of skis would one Nordic skier take to the Olympics? For Noah, over 30 pairs.  Well then, how much ski wax would a team pack?

U.S. Cross Country Olympic Team Waxing Gear.
Just waxing gear.

Lots and lots of wax.  So hard to fathom given my orientation to achieve streamlined carry-ons for travel.

Randy Gibbs Working on Noah Hoffman's Skis at the Olympics

Randy Gibbs Working on Noah Hoffman’s Skis at the Olympics

His peek into the Olympic Village is irresistible and intriguing.  How much did we enjoy the shared moments behind the scenes at the opening ceremony.  Lots. Priceless, really. I especially appreciate anytime good sportsmanship, mutual support and gratitude is clearly expressed. Not just for US skiers, but for all of the competitors.  That’s the Olympic spirit for me.  Terrific.

Sadie Bjornsen Racing by Wall of American Flags in Sochi Olympics Relay

Sadie Bjornsen Racing by Wall of American Flags in Sochi Olympics Relay

Ever wonder what’s for dinner in the Olympic Village, what the rooms are like, how is the security, or heck, how do Olympic athletes do their laundry?  Noah blogs about it.  He mentions the water too. . .

Plethora of Saunas in Sochi Olympic Endurance Village

Plethora of Saunas in Sochi Olympic Endurance Village

A salt sauna? Is that dinner and a sauna?

Diverse Breakfast Food in Sochi Olympic Village

Diverse Breakfast Food in Sochi Olympic Village

The Organizing Committee had a Valentine’s Day Fair with an arts and crafts table. Hey, I could do that! Could there be a Baskins and Robbins in Russia? Check out the blog to see.

Join him on his Sochi journey. Three events completed. He is competing in the 50 km race on Sunday, February 23.

 Thanks So Much Noah!

Noah Hoffman at Anti-Doping Olympic Village

Noah Hoffman at Anti-Doping Olympic Village

Great shot, I do love a sassy sense of irony.

Congratulations. It’s fantastic that you’re sharing your experiences. Good Luck!

He’s even participating in the making of the 2014 Ski Team Music video while in Sochi, hopefully available within the week after the game.  Here is the 2013 video. Cute.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0zD8dAguIk&feature=youtu.b

(All photos in this blog about another blog are from the blog of Noah Hoffman.)

Noah Hoffman Skiing by Olympic rings in 15km Race

Noah Hoffman
Date Event Results
Feb 9 Completed
35
1:11:28.1
Feb 14 Completed
31
41:02.7
Feb 16 Completed
11
1:33:15.1

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